Monday, May 19, 2014

Clown Shoes Swagger

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1099) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2014
I poured a 12oz bottle into a lager glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $3.89 ($0.32 per ounce).

Appearance: Pretty red/maroon hue with brown highlights. Carbonation visible through a hazy body. Pours to a large, eggshell, frothy head which retains and laces extremely well.

Smell: Clean, hoppy aroma of citrus plus some bready maltiness.

Taste: You don’t see too many breweries doing an amber lager these days, though Clown Shoes Swagger is hardly to traditional specifications, anyway. Stronger than your average red lager in terms of malts, hops, and overall body. Distinct bready malts up front, slightly sweet but nowhere near cloying. Followed by a strong hop presence of light pine and some orange citrus flavor. Slightly dry on the finish, though it complements the rest of the palate. I’d venture to guess this particular bottle was old (hence the importance of freshness dates!), but there’s still plenty of flavor to taste here. Enjoyable to be sure, though not quite as impressive as the other offerings from the brewery.

Drinkability: Billed as a “hoppy red lager,” Clown Shoes Swagger drinks more like an amber ale. The mouthfeel is bigger in body than most lagers; as well as softer, smoother and calmer. It goes down quite easily and leaves just a slightly dry, albeit tolerable, aftertaste. The 6% ABV weight seems dead on, though the beer is too big to session, but would work well with food. 
Grade: 6/10

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